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Boer & WW1 British / Australian Pattern 1895 Infantry Officers Sword - Mole

Boer & WW1 British / Australian Pattern 1895 Infantry Officers Sword - Mole

$1,075.00
Product code: 79

Availability: SOLD

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AN ORIGINAL BRITISH PATTERN 1895 INFANTRY OFFICERS SWORD AND PLATED STEEL SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY ROBERT MOLE IN BIRMINGHAM IN 1895/6 AND MARKED WITH THE ROYAL CYPHER OF QUEEN VICTORIA (1837 – 1901).  The Sword, Infantry Officer, Pattern 1895, as it was officially designated, is universally recognised as the finest sword ever produced for British and Commonwealth infantry officers.  However, the sharp inner edge of the guard was found to damage uniforms and as a consequence in 1897, 2 years after it was introduced the Pattern 1897 was introduced fitted with a guard with a turned edge. The Pattern 1897 Infantry Officers Sword has remained in service until the present day.

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AN ORIGINAL BRITISH PATTERN 1895 INFANTRY OFFICERS SWORD AND PLATED STEEL SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY ROBERT MOLE IN BIRMINGHAM IN 1895/6 AND MARKED WITH THE ROYAL CYPHER OF QUEEN VICTORIA (1837 – 1901).  The Sword, Infantry Officer, Pattern 1895, as it was officially designated, is universally recognised as the finest sword ever produced for British and Commonwealth infantry officers.  As Brian Robson in his excellent reference work ‘Swords of the British Army’ writes: ‘the Pattern 1895 sword – with its excellent guard and vicious thrusting, blade – was unquestionably the best fighting sword ever prescribed for British infantry officers’.  However, the sharp inner edge of the guard was found to damage uniforms and as a consequence in 1897, 2 years after it was introduced the Pattern 1897 was introduced fitted with a guard with a turned edge. The Pattern 1897 Infantry Officers Sword has remained in service until the present day.

The basic characteristics of the Sword, Infantry Officer, Pattern 1895 were similar to the Pattern 1892 which preceded it with the exception of the guard which was completely new.  The straight blade was optimized for thrusting in line with the common wisdom of the time, which stated that ‘the point will always beat the edge’. The new guard was a three quarter basket hilt in plated sheet steel with a scroll pattern inset with the royal cypher and crown that provided very good protection to the officers hand. The grip is shagrin/sharkskin covered wood bound with silver or brass wire.  This particular example is fitted with its steel and leather Pattern 1895 Field Service Scabbard. An identical sword, produced by Thurkle, is in the collection of the British National Maritime Museum as exhibit WPN 1283 and can be viewed at: http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/78730.html .

Pattern 1895 swords were only produced for about 2 years and many of them saw service in both the Boer War and the First World War, which may explain why they are so rarely encountered.  With regard to Australian service it is known that a number were supplied to the infantry officers of the colonial forces of the various states just prior to the Federation of Australia in 1901.  The majority of swords supplied to colonial officers throughout the Empire were purchased from UK suppliers, and this weapon is no exception.

This is an excellent example of a British Army Pattern 1895 Infantry Officers Sword made between 1895, when the pattern was adopted, and 1897 when it was superseded by the Pattern 1897. The sword is fitted with a straight etched steel blade in superb original condition with its original leather sword stop and some patination consistent with age and use. The plated steel three-quarter basket guard with the inset Royal Cypher of Queen Victoria (1837 – 1901) is in very good condition with striated patination on both faces.   The shagrin/sharkskin covered wooden grips, bound with silver wire, are original and are in very good original condition.  The plated steel and leather Pattern 1895 Field Service Scabbard, which is now missing its fixing strap, is in very good condition with a patina consistent with age and use characterised by wear and plating loss. 

For reference, a copy of a photograph showing Lieutenant Colonel Robert Gartside VD mounted and carrying a Patt.1895 sword is attached to this listing. The picture was taken during the farewell parade for the 8th Battalion who are to leave for service overseas. Gartside served with the Australian Imperial Bushmen during the South African (Boer) War. He was wounded as a Lieutenant at Wolve Kuil on 14 February 1901 while serving with the 3rd Imperial Australian Bushmen, and retired as a major in 1903. He re-enlisted in August 1914, and served as second in command of 8th Battalion as an acting Lieutenant Colonel. He was killed in action at Gallipoli while leading a charge of the 7th Battalion near Tommies' Trench at Cape Helles on 8 May 1915. He was posthumously awarded the Volunteer Decoration (VD).

One blade ricasso is stamped with the ROBt MOLE & SONS, Birmingham, Makers to the WAR & INDIA OFFICES, manufacturers mark while the other is marked with the ‘Damascene’ star and PROOF cartouche.  The back edge of the blade is engraved with the blades serial number M 2461.The steel blade is very clearly etched with the usual infantry pattern scrollwork and the Royal Cypher of HM Queen Victoria (VR – Victoria Regina - 1837 – 1901) (see pictures) and is as good as any I have seen on a blade of this age.

Type: Pattern 1895
Maker:  Robert Mole & Sons, Birmingham
Overall Length: 999.0 mm
Blade Length:  840.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard):  23.0 mm
Scabbard: Plated Steel Pattern 1895
Overall Length of Scabbard:  856.0 mm

From Australia, a very good colonial era British Pattern 1895 Infantry Officers Sword fitted with its Field Service Scabbard and marked with the Royal Cypher of Queen Victoria.  A scarce type, in production for only 2 years, this sword is a first class example of its type.  It has everything you look for in a Pattern 1895; condition, patina, and provenance.  All up, a cracking sword and the ‘best on the net’ by a country mile. 

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 2.5000
Country of Origin Australian, British
Sword Type Infantry
Maker Robert Mole & Sons, Birmingham
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1896
Overall Length (mm) 999
Blade Length (mm) 840
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 23
Scabbard Pattern 1895 Field Service Scabbard
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 856